Horse Sense for Motorists

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Horse Sense for Motorists
Motorists and horse riders
both have a right to use
the road. They also share a
responsibility to consider
each other’s needs.
Many riders have taken The British Horse
Society’s national Riding and Road Safety Test.
More information about the riding test and
a leaflet for riders, ‘Road Sense for Riders’, is
available from:
The British Horse Society
Abbey Park
Stareton
Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 2XZ
Horse sense
for Motorists
THINK!
Have some horse
sense on the road
Registered Charity Nos.
210504 and SC038516
Call 02476 874516
Email: [email protected]
www.bhs.org.uk
www.horseaccidents.org.uk
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Mutual courtesy and
care between
motorists and
riders is important
to prevent
intolerance and
improve safety.
A horse rider should acknowledge
a courtesy; however, a wave or
acknowledgement is not always
possible as two hands are often
needed to keep control of the
horse, but a nod and a friendly
smile are the least you should
expect.
As a motorist you should:
lLook
out for horses
being led or ridden
on the road
lAt
left-hand bends
and on narrow
country roads – take
extra care and keep
your speed down
lWhen
you see a
horse rider on the
road – slow down
THINK! Have some horse sense on the road
lWhen
lWhen
behind a
horse rider – give
them plenty of room
and be ready to
stop
not sound your
horn or rev your
engine – horses
are powerful but
vulnerable animals,
easily scared by
noise and may
panic around fast
moving vehicles overtaking –
pass wide and slow
lHorse
riders are
often youngsters –
so take extra care
lWatch
out for horse riders’ signals and
heed a request to slow down or stop
Riders should signal their intentions, but drivers
should be aware that horses are unpredictable and
a rider on a young or frightened horse may have
their hands full.
Turn right
Turn left
lLook
B
A
lLook
lDo
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lFor
increased safety,
riders may ride in
double file when
escorting a young or
inexperienced horse
rider
Slow down
out for horse riders turning right
Horse riders keep to the left of the
road even when turning right – it is
unsafe for them to position a horse
between lines of traffic where they
can panic, sandwiched with no
escape route.
out for horse riders on roundabouts
When on a roundabout, horse
riders will normally signal right
only when approaching exits
they DO NOT intend to use. Horse
riders will keep to the left within
the roundabout until reaching their
exit, when they signal left.
Stop
lTreat
all horses as a potential hazard and
expect the unexpected
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